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Inside Tour Rouge: The fairytale Tuscan villa hidden in the NSW countryside

Less than a half hour’s drive from Canberra is an extraordinary manor that looks to have been plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale.

Just like a storybook castle, Tour Rouge – French for Red Tower – is hidden behind wrought iron gates which open onto a winding driveway that leads to the front door, an opulent style inspired by the grounds of Italian villas.

Standout features of the four-bedroom house in Carwoola, 26 kilometres from the Australian capital on the NSW border, include a Tuscan tower, solar heated swimming pool, sprawling sun terrace, three-acre gardens and a luxurious open-plan living space that could pass for a spread in Architectural Digest. 

Less than half hours' drive from Canberra is this extraordinary house that looks like it's been plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale

Less than half hours' drive from Canberra is this extraordinary house that looks like it's been plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale

Less than half hours’ drive from Canberra is this extraordinary house that looks like it’s been plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale

The turrets of Tour Rouge - French for Red Tower - can be seen tucked away in the NSW countryside

The turrets of Tour Rouge - French for Red Tower - can be seen tucked away in the NSW countryside

The turrets of Tour Rouge – French for Red Tower – can be seen tucked away in the NSW countryside

The 1.2 hectare estate is the work of Rob and Danice Duffield, who embarked on the project two decades ago to combine their passion for travel, nature and classical architecture. 

The French Provincial style kitchen is fitted with every luxury, including sleek granite benchtops, integrated fridges and freezer and premium Miele appliances – there’s even two ovens.

Black chandeliers hang from a timber panelled ceiling in the dining room, where the main focal point is a redbrick fireplace that only enhances the sense of grandeur. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe and large ensuite, overlook the rolling lawns, drawing the garden inside the house.

Just like a storybook, a winding driveway leads straight to the front door

Just like a storybook, a winding driveway leads straight to the front door

Just like a storybook, a winding driveway leads straight to the front door

Black chandeliers hang from a timber panelled ceiling in the dining room (pictured), where the main focal point is a redbrick fireplace that only enhances the sense of grandeur

Black chandeliers hang from a timber panelled ceiling in the dining room (pictured), where the main focal point is a redbrick fireplace that only enhances the sense of grandeur

Black chandeliers hang from a timber panelled ceiling in the dining room (pictured), where the main focal point is a redbrick fireplace that only enhances the sense of grandeur

Floor-to-ceiling windows (pictured) draw a sense of the garden into every corner of the house

Floor-to-ceiling windows (pictured) draw a sense of the garden into every corner of the house

Floor-to-ceiling windows (pictured) draw a sense of the garden into every corner of the house

The painstakingly planned grounds of the estate (pictured) include a sunken garden, olive grove and wisteria arbour

The painstakingly planned grounds of the estate (pictured) include a sunken garden, olive grove and wisteria arbour

The painstakingly planned grounds of the estate (pictured) include a sunken garden, olive grove and wisteria arbour

The French Provincial style kitchen (pictured) is fitted with every luxury, including sleek granite benchtops, integrated fridges and freezer and premium Miele appliances - there's even two ovens

The French Provincial style kitchen (pictured) is fitted with every luxury, including sleek granite benchtops, integrated fridges and freezer and premium Miele appliances - there's even two ovens

The French Provincial style kitchen (pictured) is fitted with every luxury, including sleek granite benchtops, integrated fridges and freezer and premium Miele appliances – there’s even two ovens

A designated TV room, study, laundry and workshop are also spread across the enormous house.

Outside, a sun terrace that looks more like something you’d find along the Amalfi Coast than 30 minutes from Canberra boasts a built-in barbecue, wood fired pizza oven and open fireplace, perfect for entertaining guests. 

The painstakingly planned grounds of the estate include a sunken garden, olive grove and wisteria arbour which have all been featured in the Weekend Australian and Canberra Weekly.

The estate has often been used for weddings and photoshoots and once featured in the Open Gardens Canberra event, according to realestate.com.au.

Each of the four bedrooms (one pictured) is flooded with natural light through the house's feature windows

Each of the four bedrooms (one pictured) is flooded with natural light through the house's feature windows

Each of the four bedrooms (one pictured) is flooded with natural light through the house’s feature windows

One of the many living rooms opens onto a terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining

One of the many living rooms opens onto a terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining

A designated TV room, study, laundry and workshop are also spread across the enormous house

A designated TV room, study, laundry and workshop are also spread across the enormous house

One of the many living rooms (left) opens onto a terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining; a designated TV room, study, laundry and workshop are also spread across the enormous house (right)

The opulent estate (pictured), which is a one-of-a-kind in the region, will be auctioned on March 16

The opulent estate (pictured), which is a one-of-a-kind in the region, will be auctioned on March 16

The opulent estate (pictured), which is a one-of-a-kind in the region, will be auctioned on March 16

Sustainability has been incorporated into every aspect of the house, which is powered by 6.6kW rooftop solar panels and a vast 120,000 litre rain water storage tank.

The opulent estate – which is a one-of-a-kind in the region – will be auctioned on March 16 through real estate agency, Belle Property.

Appointments for open viewings, which are slated to start at 11am on Saturday, February 27, can be made through listing agent Ryan Broadhurst.

Mr Broadhurst described the house as ‘an unparalleled real estate proposition’ just 30 minutes’ drive from the Australian capital.

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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